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Elephant and Piggie Series: Mo Willems

Random, unusual, and off beat are just a few of the words often used to describe Mo Willems’ books. The latest additions to his award-winning Elephant and Piggie series, which revolve around an elephant named Gerald and a pig named Piggie, are no exception. Both books – I Love My New Toy, and I Will Surprise My Friend – contain the same real and pure emotion that he manages to capture in all of his written work. The simplicity of these early reader books, enables the children to interpret the raw social emotions and witty punchlines, in a way that works for them. In an interview on NPR, Willems says …”they are built to be little plays.”

Published in The New York Times: September 16, 2007, By Gregory Cowles … “It’s a cute concept, and an impressively economical one, managing in the space of a joke to tap into children’s social anxieties, dress-up fetishes and love of parties — all with a simple, repeated vocabulary of about 50 words that makes it effective for beginning readers.” …

Elephant and Piggie I Love My New ToyElephant & Piggie: I Love My New Toy!

Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems

Reading level: Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 64 pages

Publisher: Hyperion (June 3, 2008)

In I Love My New Toy!, Piggie has a new toy and is very excited to show Gerald. When the toy appears to be broken, their friendship is put to the test. Could it possibly turn out that “Friends are more fun than toys?”

I Will Surprise My Friend! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)Elephant & Piggie: I Will Surprise My Friend!

Written and Illustrated by Mo Willems

Reading level:
Ages 2-8

Hardcover: 64 pages

Publisher: Hyperion (June 3, 2008)

In I Will Surprise My Friend!, Gerald and Piggie play a kind of hide-and-seek game, with the anticipation of surprise. Who will get the biggest surprise, and will it be the one they expect?

Links:
Mo Willems’ Blog: I Love My New Toy, I Will Surprise My Friend
Listen to Author Mo Willems talk about ‘Elephant and Piggie’ on NPR.
You have to check out the adorable plush ‘Elephant and Piggie’.
Pigeon Presents Mo willems Books.

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